- Bloomberg published a report outlining a “fresh: probe by the Department of Justice into Tether’s bank-fraud case.
- Tether has responded to the report and accused Bloomberg of recycling old news.
- The original investigation revolved around Tether executives who allegedly committed bank fraud.
- The stablecoin issuer has assured that it is cooperating with law enforcement agencies including the Department of Justice.
A renewed investigation by the Department of Justice
As per a Bloomberg report published earlier today, the U.S Department of Justice has renewed a probe into Tether. This investigation was originally launched in 2018 over an alleged Bitcoin pump scheme facilitated by USDT. The report cited confidential sources while stating that the investigation has been transferred internally to a different department.
The case is now reportedly being handled by Damian Williams, the U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Williams’ office is known for its aggressive investigations into cryptocurrency-related crimes.
Tether accuses Bloomberg of Fishing Age-old News for Headline
The USDT issuer has not taken kindly to this report. Thecompany did not hold back while responding to Bloomberg’s claims and accused them of recycling old news that is factually incorrect.
CTO Paulo Ardoino took to Twitter to express his criticism of Bloomberg’s reporting.
It’s simply a shame that supposedly reliable media as Bloomberg find difficulties in understanding technology that is revolutionizing the world.” Ardoino said.
“Bloomberg has proven themselves time and time again to be desperate for attention in an industry that they just do not understand. This most recent attempt to tarnish the reputation of Tether, one of the industry’s most significant contributors is yet another example of this behavior.” the company said in a statement.
According to the USDT issuer, company executives have had no interactions with the Department of Justice regarding any investigation for over a year . The company further assured that in the interest of transparency and accountability, there is an open line of communication with several law enforcement agencies.